Wizards send Porter to Bulls for Parker, Portis, second-round pick

NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls

Porter has spent his entire six-year career with the Wizards after they selected him with the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.

As a Wednesday full of moves wore on the day before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, the Washington Wizards made a decision to shift their previous "off limits" stance on Otto Porter Jr. The former No. 2 overall selection warrants another chance somewhere, and though it may not end up being Washington, the Wizards will have the added bonus of the cap space he creates this summer.

For that reason, this trade primer serves up where the Bulls stand entering the day but given Bobby Portis was the most logical player for the Thunder to look at I'm not going to dive into picking players just for the sake of making it happen. With Porter, Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers now gone, the Wizards now only have to worry about getting rid of Wall and his massive contract. Having a team option next season, the Bulls had been entertaining trade offers for Parker from the Dallas Mavericks recently but talks fizzled on a potential deal, sources said.

Porter is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the field this year.

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Chicago was a clear seller entering the trade deadline and their move Wednesday confirmed that information.

Lauri Markkanen, however, shot the ball well on 10-of-19 shooting to go for 30 points as he led the team in scoring. Porter could have more of an opportunity to shine offensively in Chicago.

- Should the Bears have traded Jordan Howard already when they had the chance? This feels like a deal the Bulls didn't necessarily have to make, and one that doesn't make a clear, positive impact on their future. Beyond unloading Porter's contract, the Wizards save about $4M this season (accounting for Parker's and Portis' contracts) and lower their luxury tax bill.

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